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Joy for Taunton School GCSE students after another unsettled exam year

Posted: 12th August 2021

Year 11 students from Taunton School have received an outstanding set of GCSE and iGCSE results despite another year of Covid disruption.

“After a second challenging academic year, I am hugely proud of our Year 11 students for achieving a brilliant set of GCSE results. Their commitment to their studies, including in the periods of remote learning, has been richly rewarded. We look forward to welcoming many of them into our Sixth Form in September for A Level, IB or BTEC courses,” said Deputy Head Academic, Damian Henderson.

Among the top achievers this year were:

Elizabeth Dutton from Ilchester achieved eight 9s, two 8s and an A in Additional Maths. From Ilchester Community Primary School in Yeovil, Elizabeth joined Taunton Prep School in Year 7 after moving all over the country with her family, who are in the military. While at Taunton School, she has been a keen debater. Elizabeth said that she was ‘overwhelmed’ with her results and loves the ‘community atmosphere at Taunton.’

Evie Gulliver from Catcott near Bridgwater also achieved eight 9s, two 8s and an A in Additional Maths.  Evie joined from Crispin School and while at Taunton has been a part of the Combined Cadet Force. A keen linguist, Evie is hoping to study Maths, History, Latin and French at A level and is currently teaching herself Mandarin. Evie, whose father also attended Taunton School, said that her time at Taunton has been ‘incredible so far’ and that there are so many opportunities to try new things and experiences. “One of the best things about Taunton School is that you get the chance to meet friends from all over the world!” she said.

Helen Hounslow from Kingston St Mary in Taunton also achieved eight 9s, two 8s and an A in Additional Maths and joined Taunton School from Kingston St Mary Primary School.

Other top achievers included:

Sophie Austin from Combwich near Bridgwater achieved four 9s, five 8s and a 7 and joined Taunton School from King’s Hall, Taunton.

Kate Blackmore-Greasley from Curry Rivel in Taunton achieved five 9s, two 8s, a 7 and a B in Additional Maths. Kate has been at Taunton School since Nursery and is heavily involved in the school’s Drama Department. She said: “I’ve made lifelong friends here at Taunton, it’s a very special place.”

Henry Collins from Curry Mallet in Taunton achieved six 9s, four 8s and an A in Additional Maths. Henry joined Taunton School from Curry Mallet C of E Primary School.

Luke Cunningham from Oake in Taunton achieved four 9s, four 8s and a 7 and joined Taunton School from Surbiton High School in Surrey.

Annabelle Mellenchip from Kingston St Mary in Taunton achieved seven 9s, two 8s and a B in Additional Maths. Annabelle joined Taunton School from Kingston St Mary C of E Primary School.

Ihina Painuly from Taunton achieved five 9s and four 8s and joined Taunton School from Derby High School.


Nathan Roberts from Wellington in Taunton achieved six 9s, four 8s and a B in Additional Maths and joined Taunton School from Cape Cornwall Secondary School in Penzance.

Students at Taunton School’s dedicated international school have also received outstanding results.

The top three performing students received outstanding grades in all their subjects; Felix Mydlak from Germany achieved four grade 9’s, two grade 8’s and two grade 6’s; Aomi Hiroi from Japan achieved five grade 9’s, a grade 8 and a grade 7 and Yaroslav Bessonov from Russia achieved three grade 9’s, three grade 8’s and a grade 7.

Principal of Taunton School International Adrian Hallworth said, “Congratulations to all of our students on a truly outstanding set of results! Our thanks and appreciation go out to all the staff at TSI for the support and effort they have made to enable our students to do so well. All our teachers have been incredible with their ingenuity in teaching under so many different circumstances and the huge number of extra hours ensuring the students achieved their best despite hurdles at every step.”

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